Hand-drawn sketch today of a fashion editorial in issue 15 of Lula magazine. Original photography by Damon Heath, styling by Leith Clarke, model Hannah Holman @ Ford models. Sketched using HB pencil, levels edited in Adobe photoshop as well as duplicated layers and altered opacity.
Topshop Playsuit, Topshop Fedora and MAC lipstick in ‘Diva’ which I recently lost on a night out but WILL be replacing soon because it is amazing.
Returned back from BST Festival, Hyde Park last week seeing both Arcade Fire and Wild Beasts in one day. What. a. show.
A few initial experiments combining photography with pressed flowers. I have also altered the hue/saturation in some samples. Photograph taken last week in London outside of my hotel window.
FMP FINAL EXHIBITION SPACE: BSFC SS/14 FASHION SHOW.
FMP HOLIDAY WORK DAY 36 REFLECTION
Today is my final reflection posted onto my tumblr account of my FMP as my deadline is due tomorrow afternoon. Today I have managed to gather final equipment for my exhibition space, begin making lanyards, finish off journal work and complete a final evaluation. I am happy with my final plan for my exhibition space and feel well prepared for setting up tomorrow. I also feel that I have completed my work to a good quality within my time-scale. Tomorrow I plan on setting up my exhibition space ready for marking, finishing off lanyards and adding some more to my visuals ready for the fashion show in four days time.
FMP HOLIDAY WORK DAY 34 AND 35 REFLECTION
Over the past two days I have turned my attention to organising the fashion show of FAD’s exhibition evening. As intended in my statement of intent, I have started gathering models, garments, music and producing a running order of the show. I have also started to produce visuals to accompany models on the catwalk with titles which help the audience know which garments/collections belong to who and which group. I plan to have my visuals finished two days before the show so that a full rehearsal can be practised with visuals and accurate music. As well as this, I also began gathering things for my exhibition space today such as fake flowers, fabric and picture frames. I still plan on getting lanyards and an arch for my exhibition, however, I am finding it difficult to find one and so may need to rearrange my exhibition plan the day before it is due up if I have been unsuccessful. Tomorrow, I plan on gathering final things for my exhibition space, adding more to my visuals for the fashion show and finishing off any journal work such as sticking photos in.
FMP HOLIDAY WORK DAY 31, 32 AND 33 REFLECTION
Over the past three days of Wit Week, I have sketched ideas of what I would like my exhibition space to look like inside my journal. I experimented with different features in my space and also different layouts. To then support these sketches, I started to experiment with putting my work in my space to see how it would look. As well as this, I wanted to think about how I was going to present my film before it’s showing at the fashion show which is taking place after visitors have browsed the exhibitions. I decided that the best method was to create a ‘banner’ to show onscreen before the show. After the show, my film can then be played on a loop for visitors to look at again. I plan over the next few days to draw up a final design and begin buying things needed for my exhibition evening. (Shopping list inside journal.) I now have under a week until all my work has to be in, although I still have quite a lot of work to do such as final plans for my exhibition, producing my exhibition, creating extra visuals for the fashion show (supported by my earlier research and developments) as well as producing a final evaluation, I still think that it is all achievable if I work hard into my own time this week.
FMP COLLEGE DAY 28, 29 AND 30 REFLECTION
Over the past three days and the remainder of the college week, I have created my final three make-up maps/illustrations using watercolours, white cotton fabric and free-hand machine stitch. Although quite time consuming, I am happy with the finished results as they reflect my ‘Art in Fashion’ theme well whilst linking to my fashion film therefore they will look good when presented with my film for my final exhibition. As I have now completed all of my available college days for my project, I now plan to do any remaining work during my own time. I would like to do a full reflection of my project documented inside my journal this weekend then begin planning my exhibition space as well as the fashion show next week.
FMP COLLEGE DAY 27 REFLECTION
Today I produced some design ideas in the style of my studied artists. I thought it was better to keep the base of my illustrations the same and change the make-up looks/colour scheme instead which was often the reality with my studied artists’ work. All of my processes are documented inside my journal. I decided in the end that creating three make-up maps was apt as it would give me some extra time to complete the rest of my project. I also found that three A3 sized make-up maps fit nicely onto a large grey board which I will use to present my project. Over this week, I plan to create these three designs using watercolour, white cotton fabric and stitch as tested in my development work.
FMP COLLEGE DAY 26 REFLECTION
Today I developed my work produced yesterday into full illustrations highlighting make-up trends using the theme of ‘Art in Fashion’. All my processes are documented inside my journal. The first sample I created I really liked as it has visual impact as well as focusing on the colours and make-up used. However, I wanted to develop this further to link in with my fashion film and make my exhibition space look compete and part of a whole trend, therefore I included flowers in my illustration by tracing the image I projected in my fashion film. I really like my finished sample as it clearly highlights an ‘Art in Fashion’ trend through the mixed media techniques and garish make-up. Over the weekend, I plan to write a full reflection on my work so far inside my journal. On Monday, I would like to create some design ideas of four make-up looks to be used for my final illustrations/make-up maps to be presented in my exhibition space. I would then like to create these A3 size during the week.
FMP COLLEGE DAY 25 REFLECTION
Today I researched artist Amy Louise who uses mixed media to create fashion illustrations focusing on the face. I chose this artist as I thought it may inspire me to create my make-up maps with a slightly different combination of media. After fully researching my artist’s work inside my journal, I decided to make some small samples using watercolour paints, fabric and stitch in the style of Amy Louise. These are fully documented inside my journal. I particularly liked how my artist allowed colours to merge and spread so I adapted this technique to represent make-up looks. I firstly focused on the eyes and lips and used bright colours in the style of my researched artist. I used stitch to highlight features of the face that were most commonly exaggerated in my previously researched make-up maps. I feel that I have made good progress today and would like to develop my technique with watercolours, fabric and stitch further tomorrow by creating samples using the whole face to highlight make-up trends. I would like to link this to my ‘Art in Fashion’ theme and also show close links to my fashion film.
FMP COLLEGE DAY 23 AND 24 REFLECTION
Over the past two days, I have moved onto the make-up map stage of my project where I have researched make-up maps produced by NARS and TOPSHOP. These have been thoroughly researched inside my journal. From this I began to produce my own make-up map samples, firstly experimenting with hand-tracing over my own photograph to get a simple outline of the face. I then moved onto tracing my image in photoshop using the pen tool to get a basic outline of the face. I then vectorised this image resulting in a more professional finish. I was happy with my basic make-up map base and wanted to start using colour, strokes and texture to show make-up on the face as discovered in my research. I chose to use watercolours over my vectorised image as they display a variety of tone and add texture through visible strokes and drops. I traced my image onto paper suitable for watercolour and finished my illustration off by fine-lining my piece. I then scanned this back into my Mac to be live traced. To get a better finish to my work, I should have removed the background after expanding my image in Adobe Illustrator which I intend to do in my next samples. I do like the effect the watercolour has though my illustrations lack lack impact as I would like them to particularly coincide with my fashion film whilst also promoting ‘Art In Fashion’. I plan to develop my work tomorrow by researching free-lance artist Amy Louise who creates fashion illustrations focusing on the face by combining watercolour with stitch. I feel researching this artist will inspire me to create something different with my make-up maps.
FMP COLLEGE DAY 22 REFLECTION
Today I analysed a gig poster by art director Louise Mason to help give me inspiration for my own work. I wrote up my research inside my journal paying particular attention to (again) the bold font styles used and also the split image used. I then decided to play around with colour in my own chosen polaroid sample deciding on a bright green and contrasting pink/red colour which added vibrancy to the bland colour scheme. I also wanted to add a broader feel to my flyer incorporating a wider aspect of Art and Design other than fashion, so therefore I photographed my own image of an easel to add to my work. Inspired by Louise Mason, I played around with splitting the image and with also altering opacities. I liked both the images I had created and therefore decided to add text to my flyer experimenting with three different font styles. I then asked for feedback from four art students and my art tutor on their preferred design and why and what they thought could be improved. The most popular design was the split image with the ‘Bebas Neue’ font used entirely throughout giving it a clean, slick finish contrasting against the interesting background. I applied suggested improvements to this design such as more key information that is made clearly visible by making the font size larger. (Such as the date and time). This resulted in my final design which I plan to send to a printing company tomorrow ready for distribution as soon as possible! Although I intended to only use this as an e-flyer, other students liked the idea better being able to distribute it by hand. I chose to go with this method too as I am no longer behind with my time-scale as I first thought I was so there is enough printing time. I feel that my progress today has been really good as I have managed to produce my flyer and can now move onto other areas of my project such as creating make-up maps. In my statement of intent, I did suggest creating lanyards and a Facebook event to promote the show, but I feel that this is no longer going to be appropriate as the event is now invite only. I could perhaps however, if I have enough time, think about producing a lanyard for my final exhibition space that could be used to promote my film and ‘Art in Fashion’ trend. For now, I plan to send off my finalised flyer to finger prints (printing company) and write a full reflection on my progress inside my journal. Any processes from today have been fully represented inside my journal.
FMP COLLEGE DAY 21 REFLECTION
Today I created samples after taking inspiration from Topshop’s graphic design material using my own sources such as a mannequin and pattern paper. I have chosen these sources to try and highlight the making process that happens behind a finished fashion garment. I took my own photographs of a dress-making mannequin and scanned in scrap pattern paper. I really liked to texture, lines and fonts used on the paper and therefore I wanted it to be a part of the background to my sample flyers. I wrote up my processes and did a full self reflection inside my journal. After doing so, I decided that my favourite sample was the ‘polaroid style’ flyer due to it’s clean cut, minimalist approach. However, I would like to develop this further tomorrow by applying more bright colour to it’s muted style, adding text/deciphering font styles and also trying to incorporate a broader artistic feel that can be applied to all FAD students, not just fashion students. To gain inspiration, I plan to research art director Louise Mason who creates advertisements/posters for events and gigs showcased in magazines such as DIY. My finished flyer has to be completed by tomorrow so that it has the chance to possibly be printed (though it may be easier and cheaper to be sent as an e-flyer) therefore I am on a very tight time-scale. However, by completing my advertisement early it allows me more time to complete my make-up maps, establish an order to the fashion show, plan an exhibition space and create extra visuals for the runway.